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HISTORY OF TEXA8.
highly respected pioneer settlers of Williamson
county. His wife, who lived for many
years near Lebanan, Tennessee, died in 1873,
aged sixty-two years, having been also a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Donnell were people of eminent
devotion and signal usefulness, and,
passing from earth's activities at a good old
age, their memory is a precious heritage to
the church and a blessing to all who knew
them. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick have had two
children: Delta, a ,upil in the class of the
Southwestern University; and Victor, deceased
in 1885, at the age of four years. Mr.
and Mrs. Patrick are members of tlme Baptist
Church. The former has also filled all the
offices in the subordinate lodge Odd Fellows'
order. Mr. Patrick has risen steadily in the
esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens,
and deservedly takes rank Among the worthy
pioneer settlers, whose generous good-will
scarcely knows bounds.
E vLIAS W. TALBOT, deceased, was
born in Vermont, July 17, 1820, a
- son of Thomas and Phoebe (White)
Talbot, natives of England, where they were
reared and married. The father was a lineal
descendant of John Talbot, thle first Earl of
Shrewsbury, who distinguished himself by
valiant deeds in the days of Henry V. and
11enry VI., and who died iln battle at Chatilon
in 1458, aged eighty years. The family came
to America in 1807, where William Talbot
died, leaving a large family of sons and
daughters, and they settled in various parts
of New York and Canada. Thomas and
Phoebe Talbot, parents of our subject, had
six sons: Charles, John, Joseph, Ric, rd,
Thomas and Elias. Thomas was elected
Lientenant-Governor of Massachusetts, under
Charles Sumner, served out the latter's unexpired
term, and was elected Governor in
1874 and 1878, in the latter election receiving
an overwhelming majority. Previous to this
he also served two terms in the Legislature,
and was chosen to revise the constitution.
Elias Talbot was educated in Massachusetts,
and during his yonth was a great reader,
close observer and indefatigable student. He
worked in mills and factories with his brothers
while in Massachusetts, and at the age of
fifteen years, on account of his widowed
mother's health, went to St. Joseph county,
Michigan, where he was employed as collector
in the mercantile business of hia two brothers,
Joseph and John. In 1853 Mr. Talbot
came to Georgetown, Texas, and immediately
began merchandising in a large two-story
building on the corner north of Steele's
bank. On account of ill health he closed the
store soon after the war, and afterward lived
a retired life, giving attention to such business
only as could be done out of doors on
his ranch. His death occurred December
21, 1876, he having been a member of the
Mr. Talbot was married in St. Louis, July
18, 1849, to a daughter of Rev. Isaac S.
Ketchum, of that city. They left that city
immediately after marriage, on account of
the dreadful scourge of cholera which was
then prevailing, having been equipped to
establish a home for themselves and to work
out a noble destiny. Rev. Isaac S. Ketchum
was born and reared in Poughkeepsie, New
York, was a very devout man, a thorough
student, of scholarly attainments, and his
spotless life, his fidelity and integrity will be
cherished by all who knew him. To know
him was to love him for his many sterling
qualities of head and heart. He was a min
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/762/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .